superspak (2128) - Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2012
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
750 ml bottle into signature chalice, best before 8/24/2013. Pours hazy golden orange color with a nice 1-2 finger fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, banana, clove, pepper, bubblegum, wheat, bread, herbal, coriander, earth, orange zest, and yeast spiciness. Fantastic aromas with great balance and complexity. Taste of lemon, banana, pepper, clove, bubblegum, earth, wheat, bread, coriander, herbal, orange zest, and yeast spices. Lingering notes of citrus, banana, clove, bubblegum, wheat, bread, pepper, earth, herbal, and yeast spices on the finish for a good bit. Insane balance and complexity of flavors; zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium high carbonation and medium body; with a fairly creamy, chalky, and prickly mouthfeel that is awesome. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a world class witbier. Insane flavor balance and complexity; very smooth and crisp to drink. This is the best I have had in the style hands down.
Braudog (5465) - Hampton, Virginia, USA - SEP 11, 2012
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pours a brilliant orange hue, wickedly active with tornadic carbonation and a huge, pile of termpurpedic-like foam. The aroma hints at both sweet floral fruits and yeast. This drinks with a nice bready swirl up front, the perfumed aspect of orange cream laying atop that foundation quite nicely. This is some good stuff. (#4776, 9/11/2012)
MOARBEER (91) - BELGIUM - NOV 8, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brussels beer fest 2012. Epic blanche. Lovely cloudy white beer with lasting big white head. Lemon, spices, banana, bready. Only 3 caps?? Moar please!
keanex (1232) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - NOV 25, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Best before August 24, 2013.
Appearance: This is the epitome of how a witbier should look. The body is an opaque straw and opaque dirty golden with a dense moderately sized head that looks creamy and has excellent retention.
Aroma: The aroma is a bit straw reminiscent with light citrus and light banana sweetness with a peppery spice. Great smelling witbier!
Taste: The intro is a bit straw like with creamy banana and light lemon notes during the mid-taste while the beer finishes semi-sweet with a peppery cloves coating on the tongue that lingers a tad.
Palate: Medium body with a creamy feel thanks to some fizzy mouth expanding carbonation.
Overall: This is the best witbier I’ve had, I should have expected as much from St. Bernardus. This is what I’m going to hold every witbier to from now on.
Prokroustis (668) - Thessaloniki, GREECE - OCT 16, 2012
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Orange body, white head. Floral aroma with orange, spices, lemon and caramel. Full, refreshing palate. Flavour is quite special for the style, with floral notes and toffee along with orange and spices. Great beer.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 17, 2013
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle - $10.49 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Woodstock, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a delicately hazed, pale honey-hued body with a tall, white crown of suds. Little bits of lace on the way down.
Smell: Soft wheat aroma, lightly bready with mild notes of sliced apples, banana, fresh-cut flowers, lemon zest, and spicy yeastiness. Razor thin sliver of perfumy alcohol.
Taste: Honey-brushed, bready wheat malt and pils. Big gulp of apple juice. Then, light, likable tastes of florals, bruised banana, citrus, and spicy, peppery phenols run together making up the bulk of the flavor present. Modestly musky yeastiness, particularly on the later pours picking up the lees at the bottom. Drying, wheat-laced, smooth-yet-sudsy finish with just the tiniest amount of alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-high carbonation.
Overall: Is there even any citrus peel and spice in here? Sure doesn’t seem like it. Not that I minded, as I found it to be an exceedingly drinkable, quaffable beer wheat ale.
NielsenRatings (8119) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - JUL 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 19, 2013 Tap @ ’t Antwaerps Bierhuiske. Very cloudy orange appearance wit ha big white head. Quite good lacing. Very spicy yeasty (along the line of a German Hefeweizen like Weihenstephaner), chewy wheat malty, clove aroma. Slightly tangy, quite dry and spicy yeasty, bready, light banana/clove flavor. Much like a German Hefeweizen- I couldn’t detect any added spices. Quite good. There was a minor metallic note but it was overall a fine experience. (4.3)
Update: Bottle @ home picked up in Fort Collins. Not nearly as exciting as last time, but still a tasty brew. (4.1)
rlgk (9037) - Göteborg/Jönköping, SWEDEN - JUL 26, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draught at Antwaerps Bierhuiske, Antwerp. Hazy yellow beer with a rich and lasting offwhite head. Malty wheat aroma, toffee, spices, bready, caramel, fruity notes,
Malty wheat flavor, bready, dough, toffee, fruity, creamy, spicy notes, some warming alcohol, hay, hop notes. Maybe not a typical wittier, but with all the good things St Bernardus add to their beers. Wheat finish with bread and some hay notes.
dcschiller (2200) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 8, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750ml bottle from Lueken’s. Pours a cloudy, milky yellow with a massive fluffy white head. Aroma is lemon, coriander, belgian yeast, slight vegetal notes. Taste is semi-sweet and a bit dry with some light bitterness. Very good witbier.
arminjewell (5590) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pour out of 750 mL bottle, very hazy orange pour with nice fluffy white head, aroma has notes of sweet orange, lemon, slight grapefruit, hints of nice grass, spicy hops with a touch of earth, slight acidic notes, nice yeast with a lot of nice wheat with some white fruit, peach, hints of pear, nice stuff. Taste is a mix of sweet white fruit, peach, pear, some hints of grass, lots of spice, hints of nice biscuit and yeast notes, slight spice, finishing fairly bitter, dry. Pretty nice stuff, very on the non sweet/spicy/dry side of wits. I like it.